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? >> guest: i suppose you would have to say that. since my work and then ideas and people like them or don't like them, that's the way it is. >> host: you talk about intellectuals clustering together as a whole. what do you mean by that? >> guest: is someone called the herd of independent minds and they tend in a given era to believe pretty much the same things. they may change as the groove from one to the other. for example during the first world war intellectuals on the left were gung ho for the first world war. after they saw the carnage of it they all became pacifists, again as they heard afterwards and remained pacifists for i guess perhaps to this day. >> host: how to intellectuals trust when it comes to raise? >> guest: they have clustered in different ways. early in the 20th century they clustered behind the belief that genes determine everything. that some races were inferior and some more superior and that means the people on the left and john maynard keynes who was one of the founders of the cambridge eugenics society, many distinguished leading intellectuals of that era were a
we don't know about. he liked it is wine and so it is fair to say he think he was not a prude. >> host: however as if riding the 14th amendment was not enough but involves major constitutional defense including the trial of the conspirators of john wilkes booth and he tells a riffing story out he was criticized for his prosecution of the order of the boarding house and he advanced extremely expansive views of the president's authority in wartime relevant to our current debate that due process does not apply during wartime so they to be tried in a military tribunal >> as a member of congress during the civil war bingham said that the due process clause is a cause for peacetime you are entitled only what the government felt like giving to you. that suspended habeas corpus to say the president could detain without charges indefinitely. when the assassins when do is kill the president his co-conspirators were arrested and were tried by a military court not civil court and bingham was a prosecutor with the closing argument and defended the constitutionality that these people were s
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